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Old 11-03-2008, 11:43 AM   #26
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CONTINUE PART 2 OF 2 FROM STEVE'S POST OVERHEAD
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really a Q for Sunshine since my Jeep Wrangler

has only cassette - despite the anachronistic year warranting a CD, did

Songbook come out on cassette ? Or did you - more likely- 'dub' your

own - cassette parlance as I recall ? . And Yuri

- I could not agree more - a person who has never

experienced the unique 'listen' of Album format - and know the original

song order - and intent as to what

follows what -eg the loon and 'Whispers of the

North'
, 'Gotta get Away' et al, is ibdeed missing

something, and the randomized downloaded CD's may very well satisfy

the listener's classifications or themes as they enjoy - I DO THAT on-

hard-drive...and intend to burn them...yes... but I 'know' the album order

and that can be a surprisingly unsettling sensation as we seem to

agree.... and the $$$$ man-o-man, from buying a canoe paddle to have

the Man sign it, to concert tickets, to all releases I couldever get ny

hands on, multiple thereof as they wear out, or I want an 'emergancy

back-up' lol...should it go out of print...or..just in case their is indeed

a 'pole-shift' or 'equatorial shift' lol.... I'll

have my back-up systems.....lol I think I paid for his flight to Brazil with

Sting and (I can only hope) part of the $ that went to insurance

premiums that in turn covered Gord in the hospital this decade...and

brought him back...to his family...and US.... yes.... money I'd spend in a

heartbeat if he were broke and needed help....its been known to happen

with celebrities of course....not el Gordo', I am quite sure...but I'd chip in

every dollar I had....
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jj -
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jj Re: You Know You Are A Serious Gl Fan If...

...every other song you attempt to compose ends up sounding almost exactly like a pre-existing GL tune (for some reason not evident until final playback)

yeah, there's a fine line between 'influence' and 'plagiarism'

....you're mom's a doll, steveo....does she like not like Buble?
lol... yes the first thing IS a strong sign lol....but I have to admit as a

drummer way back.. I am not a songwriter..but I DID pick out a song

I 'wrote" - thought up in my head and never knew how to write it down....

made up almost exclusively of miner 7's - as my old 18 yr old longg black-

haired guitar teacher told me GORD'S music was rife with.... she played a

few..and I reckognized 'Beautiful ' instantly......as I stared at her.....-sigh-

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jj -
and my Mom - yes, she is amazing at 83 - alive,

strong healthy
and vibrant...clear minded....straighten's

my wagon out and cleans my plow still as needed since Merry was gone,

and had kept me honest...lol.. yep - well you asked if she has heard Buble

from me .... He is not quite within my musical taste as a vocalist - though

I applaud anyone that does old standards...sorry to put i this way but it

is honest - he sounds to me like an anemic version of Harry Connick Jr.,

bereft of testosterone version, sounds like Harry if her were kicked in

the 'nads - sorry ladies.... lol.... NO jj, I am

sorry. I do like his music and choices... I just have to able to hear myslef

so to speak in the voice I listen to when a male vocalist - yes I have to

be able to sorta....here my self in say alter-ego - but me still in the

music's protagonist - in sound and in ....character maybe - dunno how to

put it...BUT- when I listen to Lightfoot, I can hear the strength of being

corporeal and incorporeal - from , or while, paddling those sub-arctic

waters for 500 miles....take a lot of fiber-of-being......and during notably

his BBP - period allegedly '72 - '75 I hear it strongest, despite his

battle.... indomitable will and endurance..bursting through his

Hudson'sBay/Sheffield Co. 'Malone-grizzly cloth' vest and all as he'd

exhausted...pull his canoe up shore for the night with compadres....and

barely creak down low enough in pain to light the fire to start camp.... I

don't hear that in Buble' - with all due respect owed his talent...and yes -

Mom would probably like him... good thought, though I still gotta

say maybe not- cause... she and DAD BOTH thought 'men should sound

like men' - consequentially (and take that however it hits ya) - they liked

deep bass voices like Bing Crosby- now there is enthusiasm for life - the

gusto ! not...the favourite uncle, maybe lol) and EdAmes - the Native

American singer that sang 'My cup runneth over' - and played -i forget his

name - the indian scout on Dan'l Boone... man he COULD he sing - and

that hilarious footage of him throwing the axe into the silhoutte of

a man on a wood board on the Johny Carson Show...lol...pricless...

And BTW - My parents OWNED Gord records....he made the

grade ..lol...."now THAT sounds like a man yessir.." lol... - but I know

what they meant -Dad had a deep Bass voice and he wanted to listen to

someone that he could relate to...and Mom - liked to listen to a man

that sounded like...well...DAD. - NOT a case of MYSOGENY on Dad's part

or Chauvin creepin' in, or male idolatry or paternalism - she simply..liked

the sound... They, and I too, simply celebrate the 'viva la

difference'
! A totally parochial attitude indeed. -Thats all ..
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My story is a little different, along with the above principle I stand by,

with me.......I do like in some fashion to be able to hear myself in A

male vocalist - Lightfoot is the closest that ever struck me in most ways

think of myself....imperfect..not afraid to speak of a flower- secure

enough to do so, and yet strong enough to paddle those mad rivers he

did...and strong enough to beat alcoholism - not spoken of much about

Gord - but I've seen a family member who beat that...and it took every

ounce of strength in his STRONG being....admirable..

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Amd FEMALE vocalists - I like 'em to melt

me with chanteuse oldies - give me a good -ole nightclub-style lady-who-

sings standards songstress' in 'Jessica Rabit'-type - say- a long red

dress -Morticia-adams style - to the floor, but alive and vivacious.... -

...-not crawling in a demeaning to themselves fashion on the piano

top...lol....but VERY female.... singing oldies ...take me back

sweetheart.... eg Canadian primarily Jazz -export-

Nancy Lamott
....oh Lordy... unfortunately she passed a few

years back from Breast cancer..., and Natalie Cole -Oh Lord what a

beauty - and a voice that makes me melt down in my snake boots... her

two oldies albums - each with one duet with digitally-revived Dad - ole

Nat King Cole.......genius... tastefully done...even in one song she says

quietly AT THE END 'I love you, poppa' - to his memory. A good

Dad, 'Nat' sounds like... an inspiration to Natalie.

On tracks... the rst of her oldies- are absolutely stunning..as is she...

AND Linda Ronstadt - oldies again trilogy of releases - with the great

Nelson Riddle Orchestra - singing in homage (there it is again) to HER

father's memory....oldies like STARDUST...on man sing it Linda....same

story...
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Seems I am going back in time in music...as I grow older - though 50 is

not older lol... I have through life's event IMHO earned not only my grey

hairs at the temples.... and peppered in the beared....BUT also -a rare

Cigar on the deck - that smells like Pipe smoke- in homage to DAD. (there

it is again), and the right of manhood some say to listen to and really

appreciate Sinatra and Tony Bennet.... as in my playlist in Myspatial

hooey list - that needs a lube.oil,and filter boyz..lol....

So my favourite make vocalists - Lightfoot - Connick, Willy Nelson-

(Stardust oldies too from Willy!), Bennet, Sinatra, Taylor - JT -, Bryan

Adams...Rod Stewart (even more oldies!) - I've GOTTA be able

to hear some part of myself - again corporeal or incorporeal...in them I

do... and female ?- I freely admit it - it is

to whom I am attracted. and melt when I hear them..and when I

see them peforming....preferably oldies....it is beyond my loquacious

capacity... -phew-...-sweat-.....-sigh-..lol.....sorry... !

OK ok RATINGS CENSORS STOPPED ME.....LOL

sorry
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RM -lol - yes....
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TC - I HIDE -EM - so when I come back with the bux they are still there lol....
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Bo-Stone - gGREAT list lol I love it !
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Brian and Char

- I think this oughta-be-a-law should be the etched in some

VERY old stone tablets....lol....
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And, finally -

Yuri- once again you have expressed

yourself in a tour-de-force method of conveying thoughts

and feelings that is incomparable, my hats off to

you sir
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geo steve
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:23 PM   #27
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You KNOW you are a Serious Lightfoot fan if..

You can listen to one of your almost favorite GL songs, not even your favorite, for a 1/2 hour on repeat, and not tire of it. Each time, if you really listen, you hear something new each time.

-another-

This one is not humorous, nor is it meant to be elegiac, but rather a testament to the stages of life that listening to GL's music can help you through:

You know you are a serious fan if: You are told for a 'celebration of life' ceremony for a loved one, that you may incorporate 5 songs that they will intersperse in the ceremony. 1. As people are being seated, and it is the de rigeur and beautiful choice of Amazing Grace - bagpipes and all 2. When the minister pauses and reflects on the interred family member's favourite song, and plays it, its a Lightfoot song. 3. The minister pauses to reflect on and then play the couple's song they called "our song" - and it is also a Lightfoot song, and you cannot hold it in at that moment, and your daughter squeezes your hand....your daughter... 4. Another surviving primary family member's favourite memorial song to her deceased Mother is discussed by the minister, the deceased' daughter, and her memorial song is by an artist who covers Lightfoot songs, and is the daughter of Maury Mclauchlan (sp?) - who was (is) a good friend of Lightfoot's, and 5. The call to worship and then Eulogies, where two Eulogies of friends of the deceased and the surviving spouse mention Gordon in their spoken memories.

And, reflecting during and after the service - how Lightfoot music was a special bond between you and your wife. You go to the reception friends have waiting for you - and Lightfoot is playing there. You know indeed you are a fortunate man despite the loss, to see the world is still filled with people who know and care - and know you well enough to know Gord's music is a part of you life, and they play it for you. Then, especially, you know you are indeed a SERIOUS Lightfoot fan, and a very lucky man, despite your and you daughter's loss.

Note: This post, as was the service, was meant to be a celebration of all things wonderful of the deceased, and is not meant to be Euligistic in and of itself; but rather to find the beauty in life in the midst of sorrow, and how most certainly -Gordon Lightfoot has always played a part in such moments for you and your wife, and you reflect on the strength it brings you, and the love it brought your wife and you together with. Your see your daughter carries on the love of the music thru the next generation of fans, and you know how fortunate you still are. You go home and listen to Gordon Lightfoot - and the CD of the service made for by family, and Lightfoot continues to comfort you. That is the power of that man's music.

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On a lighter note:

You know you are a serious Lightfoot fan if: when moving into a new house, the first thing you want out of the boxes is your stereo, you hook it up, can't find 1 out of 3 wires or jacks, you go to Radio Shack twice, and then can't find the power chord; you go back a third time, and then you can't find your CD's...then you finally find one in the car stereo - you play it... and the house starts feeling like yours at THAT moment !
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Old 11-03-2008, 02:45 PM   #28
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Steve,

Caution!: When requesting songs from a band or from someone compiling a playlist for any occasion..........Be very specific!

I requested the band play Lightfoot's 'Beautiful' for the first dance at my wedding and instead ended up swaying 'too and fro' to Joe Cocker's 'You Are So Beautiful....

ummm,......not the same....
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Old 11-03-2008, 07:28 PM   #29
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1. You have a self-made compilation GL 8-track tape (although the machine is long gone...)

2. You borrow CDs from the library (in order to preserve your own unopened ones) and when it comes time to renewone and you can't because someone else has requested it, you say "woo hoo, somebody else wants it too; what good taste they have!".
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Old 11-03-2008, 07:39 PM   #30
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1. You have a self-made compilation GL 8-track tape (although the machine is long gone...)
Now that's spooky.........

But you're definitely a serious GL fan.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:54 AM   #31
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Steve,

Caution!: When requesting songs from a band or from someone compiling a playlist for any occasion..........Be very specific!

I requested the band play Lightfoot's 'Beautiful' for the first dance at my wedding and instead ended up swaying 'too and fro' to Joe Cocker's 'You Are So Beautiful....

ummm,......not the same....

Yuri - I hear ya. My daughter arranged to have (yet again !) 'Beautiful' - I guess good taste runs in the family ...lol played at her Wedding reception - and they flubbed it up -said expos factos they could not find 'it' - 'cause 'Walmart didn't have a Folk section' arg- i know at Walmart they have the Rhino greatest hits and typically also GGI - in the Pop/Rock section.

The fact that her wedding music team only went to Walmart - hoo boy..lol... but I saved the day, drove back to my hotel - and I had a copy of Don Quixote in the room !! Yes !! She danced with her husband to it....it was very.....much like watching sands of time before my eyes.. in increments of generation....that was MERRY AND MY SONG TOO ! My daughter has certainly picked up a few good habits from us ! - mmm and a few not so good ones too lol.... Thanks once again for your erudite observations , Yuri
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